Actress Gabrielle Union fired from America’s Got Talent for being too black and criticizing show’s culture. Gabrielle Union, 47, has husband Dwyane Wade, 37, swiftly came to her defence on social media. The former NBA star showed support for his wife on social media after it was announced that she wouldn’t be returning to America’s Got Talent.
According to several reports, actress Gabrielle Union was fired from ‘America’s Got Talent’ after she spoke out about the show’s ‘toxic culture.’ “‘Men lie, Women lie, numbers don’t’ Over this past year I’ve been approached by many people saying that my wife Gabrielle Union is the main reason they’ve started watching #AGT or that they love her insight and sincerity on the show,” Dwyane tweeted on .
“So when I got the news that my wife was being fired—my first question was obviously why!? I am still waiting on a good answer to that question. But if anyone knows Gabrielle or have heard of her you know she’s an advocate for our community and culture.”
Gabrielle was appointed as a judge on the popular reality series earlier this year, after the departure of Heidi Klum and Melanie Brown. Hollywoodlife magazine reports that she was let go after expressing concern over a “toxic culture” behind-the-scenes.
Sources told the publication that she addressed a racially insensitive comment by comedian Jay Leno — who joked that the pets featured on the show looked like something he could find “on the menu at a Korean restaurant” — as well as a potentially offensive performance which saw a contestant display black hands while performing a song by Beyonce.
After Jay’s comment — which was cut from the broadcast — Gabrielle suggested producers report the incident to the human resources department, but it’s unclear if the case was ever escalated. In addition, there are reports that the actress was also criticized for wearing hairstyles that were considered “too black” for the show’s audience.
“As proud as I were of her being selected as a judge on #AGT— I am even more proud of her standing up for what she stands for and that’s US,” Dwyane continued, referencing Gabrielle talking a stand against the inappropriate incidents. “So [cheers] to you Gabrielle Union on not losing sight of the lessons we’ve talked about teaching our daughter [Kaavia] and for kicking ass while you were on that platform. Number 1 judge on one of the biggest shows in the world‼️”
Source – iHarare
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